The study investigates predictors of emotional responses to treatment termination in a sample of 48 professional social workers and 92 student social workers in Israel. The findings show that the respondents found treatment termination to be moderately difficult, and client initiated terminations to be especially difficult and to bring in its wake particularly negative emotions. They also show that the aftermath of the termination was related to the process. The less abrupt the termination, the more control the therapists had over the termination process, the more central the therapeutic relationship was to them, the more they attained the therapeutic goals, the less they believed that the therapy had failed, the more choice they had in the treatment termination, and the more they wanted the termination, the more positive self-feelings the therapist reported. The paper suggests that treatment termination is better viewed as a transition than a loss and discusses the clinical implications of the findings.
- Treatment termination